Posted On April 5, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
On April 1, 2022, Biersch Inc. d/b/a Universal Industries, Inc. sent out notifications of a data breach involving the sensitive information of certain parties that was in the company’s control.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Biersch Inc. understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Biersch Inc. data breach. As a part of our investigation, we are providing free consultations to anyone affected by the breach who is interested in learning more about the risks of identity theft, what they can do to protect themselves, and what their legal options may be to obtain compensation from Biersch Inc.
In 2021, there were 1,862 data breaches affecting more than 189,000,000 individuals. Victims of identity theft spend, on average, 200 hours and more than $1,300 recovering their identity. Many of these victims also suffer credit damage, emotional distress, and may even end up with a criminal record. Taking immediate action is the best way to prevent the worst consequences of a data breach.
According to an official filing by the company, on October 2, 2021, Universal Industries detected unusual activity on some of the company’s computer systems. In response, the company investigated the incident, learning that between September 29, 2021 and October 2, 2021, certain data was accessed and viewed by an unauthorized party.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Biersch Inc. then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. The company completed its review of the affected files on March 22, 2022.
On April 1, 2022, Biersch Inc. began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Biersch Inc. owns and operates the business more commonly referred to as Universal Industries, Inc. Universal Industries manufacturers equipment for the material handling industry, such as various types of conveyor belts and material elevators. The company is based in Cedar Falls, Iowa and employs approximately 82 people. Universal Industries generates roughly $16 million in annual revenue.
When you allowed Universal Industries access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Universal Industries data breach raises some very serious questions about the company’s data security measures and whether the company could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all businesses have a legal obligation to protect consumer information in their possession. Although creating and maintaining a data security system is costly, this is a necessary expense given the frequency with which cyberattacks occur.
Consumers whose personal, identifying, financial or healthcare-related data was compromised in a data breach can pursue legal action against a company that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the Biersch Inc. breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Universal Industries was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Biersch Inc. security breach to determine the potential legal remedies of those affected.
If you have questions about your ability to pursue a data breach class action lawsuit against Universal Industries, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Universal Industries in the coming weeks, it means your personal data was compromised in the recent cyberattack. It also means a cybercriminal may have had access to—and may have stolen—your personal data. Given the risks involved, it is important you remain vigilant by taking the following steps:
At Console & Associates, P.C., our consumer privacy lawyers monitor all security and data breaches to help affected consumers pursue their legal remedies. We offer free consultations to victims of data breaches and can explain your rights in clear, understandable terms so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case. If you’ve been affected by the Universal Industries data breach or any other data security incident, Console & Associates, P.C., will investigate your case at no charge and offer you thorough advice about how to most effectively proceed with your case. If you decide to bring a case, we only get paid if you do. If your claim is successful, any legal fees are either paid by the defendant or come out of the funds recovered from the defendant. If your claim doesn’t result in a recovery, you will pay nothing.